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to make the rich pay more taxes. he wants a deal to avert so the called fiscal cliff. some of the supporters were holding rallies across the country today. this drew about 50 people or so. however, they don't want to give up cuts for social cuts. >> i think it's important to recognize we can put revenue on the table. there are areas we know where we can have some significant place autos several republicans joined democrats today to point to one area that will be targeted or should be, defense spending. today, 11 republicans called on the president to chop $550 billion from the defense budget. >> if the country goes over that fiscal cliff, california has an awful lot to loose. more than other states, in fact. >> washington is sounding like sacramento these days waiting until the last minute to reach a deal, a trigger cuts if one isn't reached. as washington waits to come up with a deficit reduction, it's becoming clear california has a lot at stake if the fiscal cliff isn't averted. the state could lose $4.5 billion in federal funds. the legislative analyst office estimates
in a different way. and women would have already brokered that deal on the fiscal cliff. >> i think, if we were in charge of the senate, and of the administration, that we would have a budget deal by now. >> reporter: do you all believe that? >> yes, without a doubt. >> yes. >> and what i find, with all due deference to our male colleagues, that women's style tend to be more collaborative. >> i think by nature we are less confrontational and more collaborative. and having us in the room and, i think, you know, all of us, not only do we want to work in a bipartisan way, we do it. >> i want you to know that soon, you'll see the whole interview with the powerhouse women of the senate. they are here to take action. and you have to see what they're going to be saying. >>> and now, we turn to that showdown raging in the heartland of the united states. perhaps no place in america more closely associated with unions than the state of michigan. and today, thousands of union workers descended on the capital to protest a new law they believe could be an ominous signal for unions and worker paychecks every
the fiscal cliff. but right now they're miles apart and digging in their heels. president obama told bloomberg tv a deal is possible, but -- >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: that plan sent to the white house offers a total of $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. that includes $1.2 trillion in spending cuts and $800 billion in new tax revenue, but here's the key. no rate increases in the top 2% of taxpayers. that's non-negotiable for president obama. >> we're not going to be able to got a deal without it. >> reporter: the white house says the republicans' math just doesn't add up. >> it's magic beans and fairy dust. >> reporter: negotiations have reached a stalemate. >> there's nothing going on privately that is not going on publicly. >> reporter: there is no plan at this time for congressional leaders to meet with the president at the white house, and it doesn't sound like he's sending out invitations any time soon. >> i don't think that the issue right now has to do with sitting in a room. >> reporter: earlie
boehner met today to discuss the impending fiscal cliff. they're trying to find a deficit cutting deal to stop a combination of tax increases and spending cut to kick in. some government agencies are making contingency plans. here's that part of the story. >> preparing for the holidays is a reminder of something else just around the kosher, a -- corner, fiscal cliff deadline that is permanent here. >> i can't imagine funding being cut. it would be tragic. >> she is worried mandatory budget cuts would hurt food safety inspection. >> he was in the hospital for three weeks. >> she and her babies got poisoning from meat she ate while pregnancy. the cdc says contaminated food sickens 38,000 people a year, 3,000 people die. so the fda are charged with protecting the food supply. an 8.2% budget cut translates to a combined $157 million. >> there's no word exactly what cuts would mean to inspector staffing. >> both the fda and usda-already stretched thin when it comes to inspection activities. they need increased resources, not fewer resources. >> agencies all say they're stretched. >> he is w
st fiscal cliff, but he stressed the clock is ticking. prediction, are you going to be able to raise taxes? yes or no. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other. i think the key is to make sure taxes go up on high end individuals, like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. and make sure the middle class families don't see their taxes go up. >> my full interview with president obama and the first lady, who were charming and funny together, will air friday, on both "20/20" and later on "nightline." it's been a busy week for me, because tomorrow night, i will have my 19th edition of the most fascinating people. we have a terrific list. we keep number one a secret, but here are a few who did make the grade in 2012. ♪ baby you light up my world like nobody else ♪ >> my first choice wasn't a tough one it was fascinating that two years ago, they didn't even know each other. now this incredible boy band going just one direction, up. they are an overnight sensation, taking the world by storm and making young girls everywhere swoon. if you had to describe this past year in one word
. [ unintelligible ] >>> 5:12. we are just 20 days if the edge of fiscal cliff with no sign of a deal in sight. why some experts are saying we may not have that much to worry about. >>> high-tech features that promise to make the 49ers >>> good morning. you are looking live at the scene from san jose. a truck plowed into an apartment complex a 2-year-old girl was sleeping in the crib she is at hospital now. we will stay on top of this story. you can look and see there the damage to the apartment complex the child was knocked out of the bed we'll have more on the child's condition coming up. >>> president obama is planning a conference call today with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders to push for his plans to avert that fiscal cliff. he spoke with boehner by phone again yesterday about preventing an income tax increase on middle class families while finding ways to reduce the deficit. economists say if the deadline passes without a deal the tax cuts could be repealed. new poll shows the president holding a substantial advantage over boehner handling the budget negotiations. 49% appr
above 13,000. investors appeared optimistic about avoiding the fiscal cliff after president obama suggested that a deal could be reached in about a week. >>> the government issues a new warning about reverse mortgages. those are mortgages that give senior citizen homeowners an immediate cash payment in exchange for future equity. today, the obama administration will recommend congress prohibit large lump sum payments for reverse mortgages. and it will recommend that seniors be very careful before signing one. >>> a new starbucks store is likely coming soon to a neighborhood near you. the coffee giant plans to over 1,500 more cafes over the next 5 years. another 1,500 stores are planned for canada and latin america. starbucks has expansion plans in china and for its product line sold in grocery stores and other vendors. >>> your smartphone will soon be able to send how your feeling and respond proeply. it uses voice features. it was successful about 80% of the time in correctly identifying the emotion. rob, can you tell my emotion right now? >> you sound happy and wide-awake. >> i'
simply avoid the fiscal cliff to get america's economy growing again. >> still have up certain that -- uncertainty that fuels doubts, stops people from making decision. >> bud washington's top leader, house speaker john boehner, says there has been little progress. >> when it comes to the fiscal cliff threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the white house has wasted another week. >> democrats show no signs of backing off from supporting the president's hard-line stance on raising the incomes tax rate for the rich. >> we democrats realize there have to about two sides to the bargain, but in 2011 we put both revenues and cuts on the table. >> but one republican senator revealed this week that tax increases might help solve america's debt crisis. so far the g.o.p. has stood imeps raising taxes. >> what we ought to be working on is the other 93%, because if you want to do what he wants on tax rates, you affect% of the deficit. we have spent ourselves into a hole and we're not going to raise taxes and borrow money and get out of it. so, will i accept a tax increase as a part
the fiscal cliff after the president suggested a deal could be reached in a week. government issues new warning about reverse mortgages that give seniors immediate cash payment in exchange for future equity. today the obama administration will recommend seniors be careful before signing one. new starbucks likely coming to a neighborhood near you, planning to open 1500 more cafes over the next five years, averaging two ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. >>> good morning. 5:14. live look san francisco looking across the bay into oakland and east bay, something is happening in the east bay. yes! the raiders game! [ laughing ] >> that was
. >>> we begin this half hour with latest on efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff. the plan being put forward is now coming under fire from within his own party. president obama says there will be no deal unless republicans drop opposition to raising taxes on wealthyest americans. we have more now from washington, d.c.. >> was the white house and congressional republicans put forward a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, now, they're miles apart, gaining in their heels. the president told bloomberg tv a deal is possible, but... >> this proposal now is still out of balance. >> the plan sent yesterday offers a total of 2 tth $2 trillion in deficit reduction including $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. and00 billion in new tax revenue no. rate increases in top two percent of taxpayers. that is nonnegotiatable for the president. >> we're not going to be able to get a deal without it white house says the math doesn't add up. >> it's magic beebs and fairy dust. >> with just 28 days until deadline, negotiations reach aid stalemate. >> there is nothing going on privately that is not going on publicly. >> th
's not the way to get to an agreement. >> is a deal still possible on the fiscal cliff? does either side have a viable fallback? what will this brinksmanship
to the fiscal cliff. >> in an interview, the president was optimistic a deal can be reached. >> i'm confident republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> monday night, white house sent speaker boehner on offer including $1.2 trillion in new revenue. yesterday, boehner sent a counter proposal back but looked almost exactly like their original plan. $800 in new revenue continues to be the sticking point. tax rates on the top earners. republicans insist the white house gives them specifics on the cuts the president is willing to make. yesterday spokesman brought out a copy of the budget, evidence they've done that already. >> this is not a mystery this, is the document. it contains the spending cuts. >> speaker boehner said the phone call was a pretty frank conversation about just how far apart the two sides are right now. abc news, washington. >> retiring u.s. senator joe lieberman delivered a sentimental farewell speech today. >> will remain one of my deepest honors thanks to vice president gore i was given the opportunity to
up on the wealthiest americans, there will be no deal to avert going over the fiscal cliff. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: house republicans are adamant, no tax rate increases. >> we're willing to put revenues on the table. revenues that come from closing loopholes, getting rid of special interest deductions and not raising rates. >> reporter: but what the republicans are offering sounds a lot like what the president wanted during last year's budget showdown. >> give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions. >> reporter: today, however, the president says those moves will not be enough. and the latest pew poll shows a lot of public pessimism. with 49% of the public saying they do not expect a deal to be struck by the deadline. 40%, a little more optimistic. george? >> sure looks like this will go right to the deadline. jake, thanks very much. >>> george, now, we're going to get
steps to avoid the fiscal cliff. they spoke by phone again last night. but still doesn't appear to be any closer to a deal. >>> the governor of michigan has signed that controversial, new law which limits the influence of organized labor in the state. hundreds of union workers had protested the legislation ahead of the governor's action. michigan joins 23 other states with so-called right-to-work laws. those laws ban requirements that nonunion employees pay union dues for negotiating contracts and other services. >>> well, drug smugglers have found a pretty creative new way to get contraband into the u.s. they use a gas-powered canon to shoot dozens of cans of marijuana across the mexican border into arizona. unfortunately for them, border patrol agents got to the drugs before their buddies. they picked up 85 pounds of pot. in all, worth more than 40,000 bucks on the streets. >> they're resourceful, to say the least. >> yep. >>> time, now, for the weather from across the nation. another stormy day in florida, with heavy rain and gusty winds from miami to orlando. showers to the
this morning over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. currently no plans for congressional leaders to meet with the president at the white house. if no deal is reaped by year's end everyone's taxes will go up and massive cuts will take place, affecting defense and social spending. >>> when we came in this morning, just mist and drizzle. >> i hardly had to use my wipers. that is changing for a lot of folks. >> it is. right now as you look at our roof cam, nice batch of light to moderate rain falling now over the embarcadero. not so heavy we can see the ferry building and the bay bridge enough that it is causing ponding on the embarcadero this morning that's what most of us are going to run into especially east bay highway 4 connects to 680 south of vine hill coming into concord pleasanton down to walnut creek latest update light to moderate rain especially overconcord and pleasant hill highway 4 bay point, pittsburg, antioch highway 4 commute which is usually treacherous any way is going to be wet. heavy rain starting towards san rafael, larkspur, mill valley, tiburon, sausalito and belvede
the fiscal cliff. mr. obama and house speaker john boehner took a step yesterday, speaking about the standoff on the phone. i guess at least they weren't texting, right? while the details of their chat remain private, both men continued to talk past each other in public. >> let's allow higher rates to go up for the top 2%. >> there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same people pay more, more of their money to the federal government, without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy. >> treasury secretary tim geithner also weighed in yesterday saying the president is willing to allow the nation to go over the cliff if republicans don't agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >>> we are learning new details about colorado's shooting suspect james holmes now that thousands of e-mails in the case have been released. messages indicate holmes may have had a brief romantic relationship in the days before the tragedy. we have learned that in early june, holmes began specifically talking and fantasizing about killing a lot of people. his psychiatrist was so worri
that a lot of ordinary americans have been put on notice, as we approach that fiscal cliff, just 27 days away. people who are already having trouble finding a job are receiving a letter of warning about something to happen to them if congress can't make a deal. and abc's jonathan karl has that. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay our bills. >> reporter: she's been without a job for a year. her $450 a week unemployment check, her lifeline. >> we won't be able to pay some of our bills, and, i mean, you know, as for christmas and things of that nature, probably off the table. >> reporter: she's not alone. without a deal, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people who've been out of work for more than 26 weeks. many of the unemployed started receiving the news this week from pre-recorded phone calls, like this one in washington state. >> emergency unemployment compensation shuts off at the end
from plunge over a fiscal cliff come the first of the year. that's what major program cuts and tax hikes on all americans would automatically kick in unless there's a deal. >> everybody in this country will have to participate in some discomfort if we are to going to get out of this. and longs we continue to lie to the american people that you can solve this problem without adjusting and working on those programs, it is dishonest beneath anybody in washington. >> but right now the only thing i hear, the only thing we see is middle class families being asked over and over again to be the ones who have the burden in solving this problem and we are saying no. >> so you see those congressional members debating this morning on abc this week with george stephanopoulos. so far both parties have held a lot of news conferences to posture their talks but george stephanopoulos said there's been less than one hour of serious negotiating. lisa argen is here with a preview of the accuweather forecast. not looking too serious out there. >> no. it's calm. emeryville, very quiet, 53 degrees. 54 at
insistence that key to the u.s. beginning to pay down its debt and avoid going over the fiscal cliff is raising tax rates on the wealthiest americans. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up, and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: if republicans agree to do that, the president told bloomberg television, he'll agree to serious spending cuts. republicans have offered to raise taxes on higher incomes by $800 billion, not by raising tax rates, but by eliminating some deductions and loopholes. during last year's budget showdown, the president said he wanted to do exactly that. >> what we said was give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates, but could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions and engaging in a tax reform process that could have lowered rates generally while broadening the base. >> reporter: but now the president does not. he says it will not raise enough revenue. >> it's not me being stubborn. it's not me being partisan. it's just a m
and counting until the nation falls off the fiscal cliff. president obama and house speaker boehner are going on with negotiations. >> we had another week of massive trash-talking, are we closer or further away from getting a deal? >> they're not really talking right now. that's what's most incredible. there were speeches all week long. lot of ads on television. less than an hour of negotiations. one-hour phone call between to president obama and house speaker boehner. democrats say they're not going to move until the republicans say they're going to be for higher tax rates on the wealthy. and spending cuts. republicans aren't going to come forward until the democrats say more about how they want to cut spending. right now, we're stuck. now, it could be the well that is getting poisoned right now, as positions are going to harden with all of these negotiations they sometimes with most fire before they break. the debt limit, president obama said that he's not going to negotiate at all over the debt limit. i don't know how you can get that resolved by december 31st. >> could the republicans giv
-called fiscal cliff. nurses in 10 states, including here in the bay area are holding a candlelight vigil tonight, president obama heads to detroit. in washington republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. a slight ray of hope, as mr. obama and speaker boehner met face-to-face. in washington can't strike a deal by the end of the year all -- automatic spending cuts go into effect. >>> the white house has ordered military to plan on slashing 500 billion from its budget over the next 10 years. federal funding for schools will be cut 8.2% some ideas include eliminating tax deduction for charitable contributions. no longer allowing homeowners who write-off mortgage payments. >>> time for a check on the weather. >>> 68 in santa rosa, going to be well above average by four to eight degrees. good morning. fairfield six mile visibility, santa rosa 1 and 3/4 everybody else unlimited. land breeze keeping clouds out over the coast. coolest inland where we have the 40s, except napa 51 around the bay and coast in the 50s. 7:00 temperatures mid 50s inland i should say mid 40s inland mid 50s bay and coast
in the past, the more difficult it became to find them. >>> we turn now to the fiscal cliff. just 22 days before everyone's taxes go up, every government program is cut. there's a bit of hope that a deal to avoid the consequences could be coming, sparked by the first meeting in weeks between the president and john boehner. jake, what do we know about the meeting? >> reporter: they spoke on the phone on friday and set up a meeting for yesterday. speaker boehner did come here. and though i don't think there's any reason to believe we're really close to a deal, progress has been made, though one side of the talks staaid that that progress is fragile. >> we're getting close to the point, really, by tend of the week, if they're not a lot closer, it might be too hard to do by the end of the year. >> there could be a quick fix solution. republicans agree to keep the tax cuts in place for the 98% of the country. avoid tax cuts for a few month, go take winter break. that would not be a long-term solution but would avert the fiscal cliff. >> hillary clinton's future, talking about her for 2016, are
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